Don’t Be Afraid Of Jesus

By. Pastor Bill

“And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out for fear.”

Fear is a tough customer to deal with especially when our problem is staring us right in the face. It reminds me of a story, “Two explorers were on a jungle safari when suddenly a ferocious lion jumped in front of them. “Keep calm” the first explorer whispered. “Remember what we read in that book on wild animals? If you stand perfectly still and look the lion in the eye, he will turn and run.” “Sure,” replied his companion. “You’ve read the book, and I’ve read the book. But has the lion read the book?” 

If you were with us on Sunday as we looked at this account in scripture, you know that Jesus was on His way to His disciples. They had been sent by their Savior and Lord into a storm… a trial. Jesus was at work even with the winds raging and the waves crashing. He was teaching He was leading He was shepherding them even in the midst of the storm. What about you? Are you in a storm? Will you even in the storm sit still long enough to listen to what your Lord has to say?

Well, they saw Jesus coming but the winds and the waves outside of them and the fears and anxieties inside of them caused Jesus, even as He was coming to save them to be unrecognizable. Rather than rejoice as He came to save them… the bible says the “cried out in fear.” The word here for “cried out” means “to shriek.” Imagine this, Peter and John and Thomas and even Matthew the tax collector shrieking in fear at the top of their lungs. Why were they afraid? Why were they shrieking in terror? Please, do not miss this. They allowed their circumstances and their trial and their inner anxieties to cloud out a clear picture of Jesus!

What about you? Are you to be busy and are your problems so big you dont have time to sit before the Lord. Peter, later on after He finally stopped shrieking says in 1 Peter 5:6-7 “Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.” Rather than shrieking at His presence… go to Jesus even now and do what Peter learned to do… cast your cares on Jesus. Tell Him what you’re going through… ask Him to see the storm the way He does. Ask Him like Peter did, to help you do the impossible… to walk on water… believe Him…. have joy… have peace… even when the winds and the waves and the storm seems overwhelming. Let Him today show you that He is THE GOD OF THE STORM…

By His Spirit,
Pastor Bill